noun British Slang.

a teenage lout or hooligan.

Origin of yob

First recorded in 1855–60; a consciously reversed form of boy


year of birth.
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Historical Examples of yob

  • Just take a look at the 'agony column' in yesterday morning's issue, and read the message to 'Yob'—to Gunter, in fact.

  • Ay yust bet yu she get groggy, for her yob ban purty tough; But the bell don't "dingle dangle," it ant even making bluff.

    The Norsk Nightingale

    William F. Kirk

  • Bote he is dem young faller bane goin' 'round hare dees two, t'ree days, lukin' lak preacher out of a yob.

British Dictionary definitions for yob


yobbo (ˈjɒbəʊ)

noun plural yobs or yobbos

British slang an aggressive and surly youth, esp a teenager

Word Origin for yob

C19: perhaps back slang for boy
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Word Origin and History for yob

"a youth," 1859, back-slang from boy.

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